Indonesia has updated its travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most notable change being the suspension of all foreign arrivals barring a few exceptions starting April 2, 2020.
After it was first announced by the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday, the Law and Human Rights Ministry, which handles immigration matters, has passed a ministerial decree for the updated travel restrictions.
In essence, all foreign arrivals are suspended until the government deems the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. The six exceptions to the suspension are as follows:
- Valid Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP) and Temporary Stay Permit (KITAS) holders;
- Valid Diplomatic Visa and Service Visa holders;
- Valid Diplomatic Stay Permit and Service Stay Permit holders;
- Medical and aid relief workers;
- Air and ground transportation crew;
- Foreigners involved in Strategic National Projects.
All those exempt from the travel restrictions must nonetheless present a medical letter, in English, stating good health. Furthermore, those who were in a COVID-19 affected country within 14 days of their arrival in Indonesia may be refused entry, and all foreigners must agree to a 14-day quarantine in Indonesia upon arrival if deemed necessary.
All foreigners who are already in Indonesia, whether on a visa or stay permit, whose documents are expiring will be granted an automatic emergency stay extension free of charge without having to submit an application at an immigration office.
All foreigners who are already in Indonesia, whether on a visa or stay permit, whose documents have expired and cannot be extended in accordance with normal immigration requirements, will have their penalties waived and will be granted an automatic emergency stay extension free of charge without having to submit an application at an immigration office.
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